A little diversion while we wait for the evenings entertainment to roll in.
I read the prequels first, which is probably good. Frank is SOOO much better than Kevin Anderson that I would have been annoyed at the contrast. Instead, I enjoyed the prequels, and while they are a pale shadow of the originals, it is at least interesting to see the origins of some pretty memorable literary conceits.
My question is: Why didn't Anderson and little Herbert address the revelation about the Bene Tleilax from Heretics and Chapterhouse. I thought it was one of the coolest reveals of the series; that the "dirty Tleilaxu" were secretly a fanatical Zen-Sufi culture. All the prequels allude to is their bio-engineering. Or did I miss something?
To answer, I dunno why Anderson and little Herbert didn't address it.
They didn't address a lot of things.
Reading the prequels, and then the originals again, I felt the difference there in my bones. Sure, Frank Herbert can get a little wordy, and the way he wrote The Tyrant was rather... wordy (wordy enough even to make me mentally tongue-tied at times!) but he really was a great writer.
Have you read the sequels Little Herbert and Anderson wrote?
I bought them, out of respect. But I simply... couldn't read them. I read through Heretics and Chapterhouse again recently, after God Emperor, and that cliffhanger held so much promise... but really, I don't feel like the new writers pulled through on that promise.
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Maybe it was by the grace of god that they didn't ruin one more interesting thing Frank wrote. In fact, KJA and BH probably didn't even read past the 3nd book in the series anyway. How could they, to have introduced some of the barbarisms they did in the prequels (especially the Butlerian Jihad trilogy)?
The origin of the Atreides/Harkonnen feud is enough to make me weep - I can only praise that writing duo for leaving as much alone as possible.
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